On Saturday night 2/24/01 a talkshow host in Cleveland-Rick Gilmore, made some
of the most distasteful comments that I have ever heard on the radio. This
host, who clearly knows NOTHING about the sport, devoted his entire show to
making fun of NASCAR fans in general, and Dale Earnhardt in particular.
To give you a few examples(BE WARNED: THESE COMMENTS ARE GOING TO UPSET YOU):
"It's just one more dead redneck"
"NASCAR fans should get a PEZ dispenser with Earnhardt's head on it- it should
dispense candy shaped like guts"
"NASCAR isn't a sport. It's just an excuse for dumb redrecks to get together
and drink beer.
These weren't just a few tasteless jokes. The entire show was devoted to this
kind of garbage. Constantly throughout this show, Gilmore would play
screeching tires followed by the sound of a crash.
This was the most distasteful, inappropriate, disrespectful tirade that I have
ever heard in my entire life. This was not an issue of free speach, or just
someone voicing an opinion. It went beyond low class. It was mean, hateful
stuff. I tried more than once to get on the show to comment to Gilmore, but
the screener cut me off.
I have sent an email to the station to voice my disgust for this host and his
comments. If you are a true NASCAR fan, please email your comments to the
station as well.
Once again, the host was RICK GILMORE of WTAM radio, and the show was held
To email your comments, please contact the station at
Thanks for reading.